2013 Nevada State Little League® Tournament Results
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Nevada State Tournament
Host - Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas) (District 4)
At Mountain Ridge Park

Mountain Ridge Park is located at 7151 Oso Blanca Road in Las Vegas.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Reno Continental
District 2 Champions Henderson
District 3 Champions Elko
District 4 Champions Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas)

Click here to view 2013 district tournament results for Nevada.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Henderson 18, Elko 0
Mountain Ridge 13, Reno Continental 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Reno Continental 11, Elko 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Henderson 6, Mountain Ridge 2

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Mountain Ridge 6, Reno Continental 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Mountain Ridge 4, Henderson 2
Mountain Ridge 5, Henderson 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

Jesse Pierce threw a two-hit shutout, and helped his Mountain Ridge Little League team complete a comeback from the bottom bracket with a 5-0 championship game win over Henderson Little League in the final game of the Nevada state tournament at Mountain Ridge's field.

The win, Mountain Ridge's second in as many days against a team that handed them a 6-2 defeat earlier in the tournament, advanced the Las Vegas league to the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California. Mountain Ridge had forced the tournament to a deciding game with a 4-2 victory over Henderson the previous evening.

Mountain Ridge became the first Nevada league to win state championships in the 9-10, 10-11, and major baseball division in consecutive years. Twelve of the team's thirteen players were members of all three championship teams.

After splitting the two earlier meetings with Henderson -- both were tied entering the final inning -- Mountain Ridge took command from the start in the deciding game. Pierce struck out the side in the top of the first and second innings to stifle Henderson's offense, and in the bottom of the first, he and Nick Cornman opened the frame with consecutive home runs.

Mountain Ridge added solo home runs by Trevor Wright in the third, and by Cornman and Tyler Barker in the fifth, before Pierce closed out his 83-pitch complete game. The right-hander surrendered two hits, struck out twelve, and allowed only one runner into scoring position.

"It was probably the best performance I've seen in a state championship game by a pitcher," said Mountain Ridge manager Larry Quaney, Jr. "Jesse hit his spots, and he was nails. His fastball set them up, and then they couldn't hit his curveball."

The performance bookended a strong effort by Cornman the prior evening. Cornman struck out eight and held Henderson to just two hits over 4-2/3 innings before exiting with the score tied 2-2. Pierce closed out the fifth, and after Mountain Ridge pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Mountain Ridge had outhit Henderson, 8-2, through the game's first five innings, and had at least one hit in every inning. The District 4 winners had stranded nine runners, but pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth.

The bottom of Mountain Ridge's lineup set the table -- Ryan Lystlund was hit by a pitch, Zach Simon drew a four-pitch walk, and Jacob Godman reached on an error to load the bases -- and then Pierce delivered a two-run double to left-center field that produced the go-ahead runs.

"We were at a good part of the lineup (entering the sixth)," Quaney explained. "They were coming up with 5-6-7-8-9 guys. We were coming up with 7-8-9-top -- a lot of guys who take a lot of pitches. I liked our advantage. The confidence level is in the top of our lineup coming up."

Simon and Pierce had delivered run-scoring singles in the second, before Henderson tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth.

Mountain Ridge opened the state tournament with a 13-3 victory over Reno Continental Little League. Mountain Ridge led 3-1 through 2-1/2 innings, and then exploded for ten runs in the third. Cornman and Barker connected for back-to-back home runs early in the inning, and Lance Quaney added a two-run shot before Cornman again cleared the fences in his second at-bat.

The next day, Henderson snapped a 2-2 tie when a pair of fifth inning home runs led to a rain-shortened 6-2 victory.

"We didn't start hitting until late in the game," said Larry Quaney, Jr. Mountain Ridge uncharacteristically failed to score in either of the game's first two innings. "They had a pitcher who was six-one or six-two. It was a little intimidating for the kids. They just didn't hit him really hard."

The loss dropped Mountain Ridge into the bottom bracket, and the District 4 team had to scramble past Reno Continental, 6-3, to earn a rematch with Henderson. Reno led 3-2 through five innings, before Mountain Ridge scored four times in the sixth to secure the win.

Wright sparked the final push when he was hit by a pitch with one out, and Simon followed by drawing a walk on a full count pitch. Ninth-place hitter Parker Collett then slammed a three-run homer beyond the left center field fence to pull Mountain Ridge into the lead.

"Everyone in our lineup hit a home run between district and state," said Larry Quaney, Jr. of the muscle shown by the bottom of his team's batting order. "They all can hit for power."

Pierce followed the Collett blast with a homer of his own, and then Reno, which had at least one hit in each of the game's first five innings, went quietly in a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

"We talked to them in the bottom of the fourth (about the deficit)," said the Mountain Ridge manager. "The kids responded."

Mountain Ridge's first foray into the West Region tournament had come in 2010, and the present team's coaching staff drew lessons from that team's extended tournament run.

"In 2010, we were the team that no one expected to go," noted Larry Quaney, Jr. "After that, we saw what we needed to get there, and started forming the kids and training the kids. We did a lot of off-season training, pyometrics, (and) did a lot of core training.

"Mike Bottrell and I have coached together and our kids have been raised together for twelve years," added the Mountain Ridge skipper. "He's the first base coach and works a lot with the defensive drills. He didn't have a kid on this year's team, and dedicated 2011, 2012, and 2013 (to the team)."

They also tapped players from that team to help spark the 2013 squad. Larry Quaney III and Jeff Griffith were members of the earlier team, and had brothers on the 2013 edition.

"Those two said (San Bernardino) was their best experience ever," said Larry Quaney, Jr. "They'd won several elite tournaments and placed (second) in Cooperstown. We always had them come out and tell the kids about the highlights. You need to get the guys to visualize what they're talking about. When you get former players to tell them this, it's more of a touch and feel thing than what the coaches tell them."

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Mountain Ridge 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 -
Henderson 1 0 1 0 4 6 6 -
  Elimination Bracket Final
Mountain Ridge 1 0 0 0 1 4 6 7 6
Reno Continental 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 8 -
  Championship Series Game 1
Mountain Ridge 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 11 -
Henderson 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 -
  Championship Series Game 2
Henderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -
Mountain Ridge 2 0 1 0 2 x 5 10 -




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